2022 - 2023 Board of Directors
President - Abimbola Famuyide, MBBS
Professor and Consultant, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
Abimbola Famuyide, MBBS, is Professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science in Rochester, Minnesota, and a minimally invasive gynecologic surgeon. He completed medical school at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and OB/GYN residency training in England and Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Dr. Famuyide is a member of Mayo Clinic Board of Governors, chair of Mayo Clinic Rochester Personnel Committee and Vice Chair of Peoples and Culture Committee. He is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (RCOG) in London. He serves on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG), is a member of their qualifying examination committee and an oral board examiner. Dr. Famuyide is on the governing council of the American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society (AGOS). He is an Editorial Board member of the Green Journal (Obstetrics and Gynecology) and the Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology (JMIG). He has published peer-reviewed manuscripts, and non-peer reviewed articles in leading journals including the Harvard Business Review. His areas of interest include outcomes research in abnormal uterine bleeding, benign gynecologic endoscopic surgery, and obstetric safety.
President-elect - Tiffany A. Moore Simas, MD, MPH, MEd, FACOG
Donna M. and Robert J. Manning Chair in Obstetrics and Gynecology Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Population & Quantitative Health Sciences UMass Chan Medical School/UMass Memorial Health, Worcester, MA
Dr. Moore Simas is the Donna M. and Robert J. Manning Chair in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Quantitative Health Sciences, at the UMass Chan Medical School/UMass Memorial Health. She is an academic specialist in Ob/Gyn, physician-scientist, and educator. She was the founding Engagement Director, and now Obstetric Engagement Liaison, of MCPAP for Moms, a first in nation state-wide program that enhances the capacity of obstetric care clinicians to address perinatal mental health and substance use disorders. MCPAP for Moms has impacted national policy resulting in HRSA-awards to 7 states, with an additional 13 states or health care systems through different funding mechanisms, having or developing similar Perinatal Psychiatry Access Programs. Dr. Moore Simas is medical director of Lifeline for Moms, and Principal Investigator (MPI) of the Lifeline for Moms National Network of Perinatal Psychiatry Access Programs. Lifeline for Moms was founded to provide technical assistance for others Access Programs, as a research home to further advance innovations in integrating obstetric and mental health care, and as a peer learning to further improve and customize this unique care delivery model, with a focus on achieving equity in perinatal mental health. Dr. Moore Simas has a federally funded research portfolio (e.g., CDC, NIH, PCORI) and has served/serves on national committees including the Council’s and now AIM’s Maternal Mental Health Patient Safety Bundle Work Group, and the American College of Ob/Gyn Maternal Mental Health Expert Work Group (Co-Chair); she serves as an ABOG oral board examiner. Her academic achievements have led to well over 100 peer reviewed publications, and national presentations and awards.
Secretary - Jody Stonehocker, MD
Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Education, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Director of Career Advisement, Office of Medical Student Affairs University of New Mexico School of Medicine Albuquerque, NM
Dr. Jody Stonehocker completed her medical degree at the University of California, San Francisco and residency at the University of New Mexico. She worked in private practice as a general OB/Gyn for seven years before returning to academic practice. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Division of Gynecology in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of New Mexico. She practices full scope OB/Gyn and is the medical director of a multi-site, federally funded (Title V and Title X) clinic system that serves women who do not qualify for insurance coverage due to their immigration status. Dr. Stonehocker has previously served as the assistant clerkship director, associate residency program director, residency program director and is the current Vice Chair of Education for the Department of OB/Gyn. She is a graduate of the APGO Scholars and Leaders Program and has earned local and national educational awards including nomination to the Gold Humanism Honors Society by UNM medical students. Dr. Stonehocker has recently taken on the role of Director of Career Advisement in the Office of Medical Student Affairs for the UNM School of Medicine. Her scholarly interests include leadership development through mentorship, recruitment and retention of a diverse OB/Gyn workforce, and health equity for underserved populations. She was a SASGOG board member 2016 – 2019 and is honored to serve as the current SASGOG Secretary and Co-Chair of the new SASGOG DEI Taskforce.
Treasurer - William M. Leininger, MD, FACOG
Co-Division Chief, Generalist Gynecologic Surgery and Obstetrics Asst Professor of Gynecologic Surgery and Obstetrics Naval Medical Center San Diego, CA
Dr. Leininger currently practices as an Obstetrician/Gynecologist at Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD). During his 26-year Naval career, he was a Residency Program Director, Graduate Medical Education Committee member, Director of Surgical Services, and, most recently, Ob/Gyn Specialty Advisor to the Surgeon General of the Navy. He currently serves as the Junior Fellow Advisor for ACOG’s Armed Forces District, and he is also a member of the SASGOG Patient Safety Committee. He also serves as an oral board examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. His non-clinical passion is women’s health advocacy including activities such as lobbying for women’s health issues at the state and federal level, leading the 2014 medical revision of the Department of Defense abortion policy, collaborating with other professional societies on policy issues, and encouraging advocacy engagement by all clinicians.
Immediate Past President - Tony Ogburn, MD
Professor and Chair Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Brownsville / Edinburg / Harlingen, TX
Tony Ogburn, MD, received his BS and MD at the University of Florida. He completed a residency in OB/GYN at the University of California-Irvine. Following residency, he practiced with the Indian Health Service in Gallup, New Mexico for six years. He then joined the faculty at the University of New Mexico, where he served for 18 years in a variety of leadership roles including Residency Program Director, General OB/GYN Division Chief and Chief Medical Officer at UNM-Sandoval Regional Medical Center. He is an ABOG oral board examiner, past Chair, and current Education Director of the ACOG Indian Affairs committee, ACOG McCain fellow, and Past Chair of the CREOG Council. He will join the ACGME Review Committee for Ob/Gyn in 2021. He is currently Professor and Founding Chair of Ob/Gyn at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, a new medical school in South Texas along the US-Mexico border. He is a Founding Board member and was the Inaugural Treasurer of SASGOG. He continues to have an active practice in General OB/GYN with an emphasis in family planning. His research interests include family planning, educational evaluation and curriculum development, and improving access to care for underserved populations.
Juan J. Diaz, MD, MBA, FACOG, FACS
Associate Professor, Clinical Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences Director, Division of General Obstetrics and Gynecology and Vice Chair, Clinical Integration and Operations at the University of Miami, FL
For the first 3 years after completing his residency at Temple University Hospital, Dr. Diaz was honored to serve in a Federally Qualified Health Center System located in inner city Philadelphia. He then joined the Lewis Katz-Lewis School of Medicine at Temple University, where he became Chief of the General Division and Vice Chair of Safety and Quality. In September of 2021 he joined the University of Miami in his current role. He balances a busy surgical practice treating complex gynecologic cases and obstetrical care with administrative duties. Currently, he holds the academic rank of Associate Clinical Professor and is an Oral Examiner of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He has been recognized several times for his excellence in education and patient care. Dr. Diaz has been a member of both the SASGOG Financial Committee and the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Task Force.
Kimberly S. Gecsi, MD
Professor and Vice Chair of Clinical Operations, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
Kimberly S. Gecsi, MD is an associate professor of Reproductive Biology and OB/GYN residency program director at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center/Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She completed medical school at Case Western Reserve University followed by residency at the University of Pittsburgh Magee-Womens Hospital. After a 3-year stint in private practice (which she lovingly calls her fellowship in general obstetrics and gynecology) she returned to the world of academics. Since starting at UH/CWRU in 2009, she has been the Clerkship Director, Director of GYN education, Colposcopy Clinic Director and she is currently the Residency Program Director. Her clinical interests are in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery and lower genital tract disease.
Todd Griffin, MD, MBA
Professor and Chair Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine Stony Brook Medicine Stony Brook New York
Dr. Griffin is the Chair for the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine at Stony Brook Medicine. He graduated from the University of Rochester, received his medical degree from Stony Brook University School of Medicine where he also completed his residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at SBM. He went on to serve as a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy before returning to Stony Brook. Dr Griffin specializes in Minimally Invasive and Robotic Gyn Surgery (MIS). Prior to being Chair, Dr. Griffin served as the Chief Medical Officer for the Hospital from 2009 to 2013. He is a Former Residency Program Director, Clerkship Director and is currently the Associate Fellowship Director for MIS. Dr. Griffin has served as an Oral Board Examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology since 2007. He has received a number of different local and national awards, most notably he was the recipient of Stony Brook University School of Medicine’s highest teaching award, the Aesculapius Award. Most recently, Dr. Griffin was elected to serve as the President of the Medical Board at Stony Brook Medicine.
Christina Robillard Isaacs, MD
Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology Interim Chair Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine Richmond, VA
Dr. Isaacs is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia, where she is currently serving as the interim chair. She maintains an active clinical practice in all areas of obstetrics & gynecology with special interests in natural childbirth, reproductive health, treatment of sexual dysfunction and contraceptive choices. She has been an active member of SASGOG since 2012, and has served as an author, mentor and editorial board member for the Pearls of Exxcellence. She currently serves on the SASGOG Communications Committee and is beginning her second term as a SASGOG board member.
Tim Klatt, MD
Senior Medical Director, Patient Safety, Froedtert Hospital and Medical College Physicians Professor and Head, Division of General Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical College of Wisconsin Milwaukee, WI
Timothy Klatt, MD currently serves as Senior Medical Director Patient Safety for the rapidly growing academic campus of Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin (F&MCW), including the quaternary care hospital, the associated outpatient clinics, and procedural areas, and over 2,750 providers. His responsibilities include continually improving systems of care delivery to make it ever easier for each patient to receive the right care at the right time and inculcating cultures of safety and high reliability. In this role, he has designed and implemented F&MCW’s innovative Peer Support and Radiology Safety Net programs. Prior to serving as Division Head, he was Associate Residency Program Director, Medical Director of the Ob-Gyn clinics, and Medical Director, Birth Center. He is an academic generalist who practices the full range of the specialty. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and completed his residency at the University of Cincinnati. He has been recognized for excellence in teaching, patient care, patient satisfaction, mentorship, and administration. He has served as an oral examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology since 2008. His academic achievements include over 45 peer reviewed publications and national presentations.
Shari Lawson, MD
Division Chief, General Obstetrics and Gynecology, Assistant Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore Maryland
Dr. Shari Lawson is an Assistant Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. She is the inaugural Division Chief of the General Obstetrics and Gynecology Division at Johns Hopkins Hospital and takes pride in educating and mentoring future academic specialists in gynecology and obstetrics. Dr. Lawson also serves as Assistant Dean for Medical Student Affairs at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and brings extensive experience in medical education and fostering a positive learning environment. Dr. Lawson is a graduate of the APGO Scholars and Leaders Program and has also served as moderator and judge for APGO, ACOG and CREOG meetings. Dr. Lawson has been an active member of SASGOG since 2012 and a member of the SASGOG Program Committee since 2019.
Yvette LaCoursiere, MD, MPH
Professor, Vice Chair, Education & Residency Program Director University of California, San Diego San Diego, CA
Dr. LaCoursiere is Professor and Residency Program Director in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences and the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). After graduating UCSD School of Medicine, she completed her OBGYN residency at UCSD meanwhile earning a Master of Public Health degree concentrated on epidemiology and biostatistics. Dr. LaCoursiere began her faculty career at the University of Utah, returning to UCSD to complete the Women’s Reproductive Health Research (WRHR) Program where she focused on outcomes associated with maternal obesity. This remains the focus of her clinical work in the Maternal Weight and Wellness Program. Dr. LaCoursiere has a special interest in resident education. She is a former APGO Scholars and Leaders Fellow and served as a reviewer for over a dozen journals; reviewer and moderator for CREOG-APGO and ACOG Conferences, and a member of the APGO Technology Committee and the SASGOG Task Force on Divisional Profiles.
Makeba Williams, MD, NCMS, FACOG
Associate Professor Vice Chair of Professional Development and Wellness, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Washington University St. Louis School of Medicine.
Dr. Williams is an Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She served as the Director of the Division of Academic Specialists of General Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison WI for from 2016 to June 2022. She is the founding director of the UW Health Menopause Clinic Her clinical and academic focus is menopausal care and menopause education. She is currently the chair of the 2021-2023 SASGOG Program Committee.
Past Board Members
Amy “Meg” Autry
W. Chuck Hitt*
Rebecca P. McAllister
L. Chesney Thompson*
|David Chelmow, MD||2012 – 2014|
|Nancy Gaba, MD||2014 – 2016|
|Lee Learman, MD, PhD||2016 – 2018|
|Amy Young, MD||2018 – 2020|
|Tony Ogburn, MD||2020 – 2022|